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Rarest and most expensive Zelda games 2022

Zelda Nintendo Switch Hero
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The Legend of Zelda is an adventure series that has been capturing the hearts of many fans for many years. It started on the NES and has continued strongly upward through the Nintendo Switch. These titles are said to be some of the best to have ever been created and the adoration for them has made a few titles very desirable and rare. These are the best ones we've found. We will note that many of these are only found through third-party sellers and caution you to be sure to purchase through reputable buyers.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Collector's Edition

Zelda Majoras Mask

Zelda Majoras Mask (Image credit: @ZorZelda on YouTube)

While they aren't easy to come across, there are a few factory-sealed collector's edition versions of one of the most unique Zelda games. Majora's Mask in any condition is a must-have for Zelda collectors as it was a big break from the usual Zelda mold. Out of the box, fans will recognize this game anywhere as the usually grey cartridge was made gold for this special title.

The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition for GameCube

Zelda Ocarina Of Time Adult Link Horse

Zelda Ocarina Of Time Adult Link Horse (Image credit: iMore)

When The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker came out on GameCube, preordering the game came with a huge bonus. A copy of NES' first two Zelda games, Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, were included on this collector's edition disk. This wasn't a disk you could get for the GameCube any other way.

The Legend of Zelda for NES

Zelda Original Take This

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Here's another sealed copy of the original Zelda game, but this one has been Wata-graded, which means it has been certified by WataGames, the professional video game grading service trusted by collectors all over. This is a first-print run of the original Zelda game from 1986, in its gold case with all of its insides still intact.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for SNES

Best Nintendo Switch Online Games The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past

Best Nintendo Switch Online Games The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past (Image credit: iMore)

A Link to the Past is definitely a staple in the Legend of Zelda's history. There are a few things to look for if you want something in nearly mint condition. You will see some listings talk about Wata-grading, this means WataGames has examined the game and determined the quality on a 1-10 scale. The closer to 10, the closer to mint condition. You will also want to see if it's a player's choice re-release or original release. This won't affect the value much but it is something to look for if you have a specific desire.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition

The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Blood Moon On Horse

The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Blood Moon On Horse (Image credit: iMore)

The latest rare find that's sure to see an increase in value as the game ages is the explorer's edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In addition to being the first open-world Zelda game and one of the biggest titles to hit the Nintendo Switch, in the explorer's edition you also have the Explorer's Guide that walks through the story of the Legend of Zelda and a double-sided map of Hyrule.

Zelda's Adventure

Zeldas Adventure

Zeldas Adventure (Image credit: Quebec Gamers)

While this title wasn't made by Nintendo and isn't an official The Legend of Zelda game, it's a great conversation piece. It was not considered one of the best Zelda creations, not even close. However, if you want a truly comprehensive collection that covers the history of the game and not just the true lore, this is a definitely strange must-have.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Game Boy

Zelda Links Awakening Marin

Zelda Links Awakening Marin (Image credit: @RetroGame.Stream on Youtube)

If you enjoyed The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Nintendo Switch, the original on Game Boy is something you must add to your Zelda stash. This comes with the original game in the original box with a holographic strip on the side. This one is even a 9.0 Wata grade!

The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap Game Boy Advance SP

Zelda Minish Cap

Zelda Minish Cap (Image credit: Nintendo)

This Game Boy Advance title is a difficult find today in any form. This copy is no ordinary one, it's the Limited Edition Pak and comes with a Gameboy Advance SP. This is a Video Game Authority (VGA) grade of 8, which puts a lot of credibility behind the condition of this game and console. Sealed and in nearly new condition, there is no doubt as to why this is listed for thousands of dollars.

Make space for your collection

When it comes to rare and brilliant games like these, the best place to look is going to be eBay. You will want to make sure you're buying from highly-rated and reputable sellers and if possible, look for verified ratings on the games themselves. If you love these adventures and want to keep a piece of valued history in your collection, these are some of your greatest treasures. You never know what a game may be worth in the future.

If you're looking for some of the best games on the Nintendo Switch that you can actually play right now, Zelda doesn't disappoint there either. In addition to the newer titles that have been released exclusively to Switch, many of these retro, classic titles are also available through a Nintendo Switch Online or Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass membership.

Alex Huebner
Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.